A recently jailed petty thief disguises as a Mullah and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in the Mullah’ role longer than he expected to.
“The Lizard” is a 2004 Iranian movie directed by Kamal Tabrizi. The movie tells the story of Reza, a small-time thief who is released from prison on the condition that he impersonates a cleric and pretends to be a religious leader to help the people of a small village.
The movie is a delightful and heartwarming comedy that blends social commentary with humor. The characters are all well-developed and likable, and the performances by the actors are excellent. The movie also features beautiful cinematography, with stunning shots of the Iranian countryside.
One of the strengths of the movie is the way it explores the themes of morality and ethics. Reza, who is initially hesitant to take on the role of a cleric, begins to embrace his newfound religious identity as he sees how it can be used to help people. The movie also highlights the corruption and hypocrisy that exist within the religious establishment, while still emphasizing the importance of faith and spirituality.
Overall, “The Lizard” is a charming and engaging movie that offers a unique perspective on Iranian society and culture. It is a must-see for anyone interested in Iranian cinema, and for anyone who enjoys a good comedy with a message.